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Public urged to drink lots of water

February 6, 2016 5:36 am

The public are being advised to drink lots of water and stay hydrated as the country experiences extreme hot temperatures.

People are being advised to drink at least three litres of water a day or more if you’re involved in hard work.

Fiji’s National Advisor for Non-Communicable diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana says that one of the common problems they’re noticing now is the lack of hydration.

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Dr Tukana is also advising the public to stay away from drinking ice water.

“All Fijians today should be taking in at least three litres of water and measured. I’m not talking about grog or others. I’m talking about water, plain water, not water based fluids and then move to ‘bu’ or other natural ones so that will reverse your water level to normal. More heat, more perspiration, more water loss so your body is depleted of hydration and you must remember that our body is two thirds fluids and one third solid.”

Dr Tukana says air condition and fans is also a contributing factor to dehydration.

The public is being advised to keep an eye on how much fluid they lose during the hot weather, illness or exercise and drink enough liquids to replace what has been lost.

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